A quick Lights of Love recap...

The weather cooperated! The rain tapered off just in time for the event. The Kids K was first - I opted to stick with Aiden (mostly because I knew he wouldn't want to run very far!) and Ricky partnered up with Ethan. As the participants gathered close to the start line, Aiden already seemed a bit overwhelmed. Ethan, on the other hand, was raring to go! When everyone took off, Aiden started strong...but I think teveryone whizzing by all around us totally freaked him out. He began crying so we stepped off to the side and decided to walk until we met up with Ethan and Ricky on their loop back around so we could snap a picture.

Ethan absolutely loved everything about it. The lights, the energy, the people and the race. He ran the ENTIRE way - granted it isn't very far at just about 2/3 of a mile - but he IS only 4! I have to say I was impressed. Along the run, Ricky said Ethan shouted "Daddy, I LOVE this running thing!" He loved it so much that he BEGGED to run the 5k with Ricky. I literally had to hold him back, crying, as Ricky headed to the start line. Looks like daddy has a new running partner :)

The event included several activities for kids - a craft station where the boys made cute little elf hats, a visit with Santa - and free hot chocolate and snacks provided by various sponsors. There were also some food trailers offering pizza, gourmet coffee, empanadas and more for purchase.

Lights of Love 2011Boys at Lights of LoveRicky after Lights of Love

Our team ended up raising just under $700 - a big thank you to those who donated in Aiden and Ethan's name! The event brought in almost $200,000 for Ronald McDonald House of Austin and Central Texas - WOW - what an amazing success! These funds help this organization continue to provide families with a "home away from home" while their loved one is receiving treatment at a local hospital. My family has benefited from the generosity of those supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, so it holds special meaning for us!

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